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Agencies that Can Assist You

Centers for Independent Living

Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability, non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein people with all types of disabilities directly govern and staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living Provide: Peer Support, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and other services.

Able South Carolina (Serving Midlands & Upstate, with a state-wide youth program).

Living Independently in South Carolina, Resources for People with Disabilities guide

Able South Carolina, Youth Services Able SC provides services specifically to young adults (ages 14-25) to provide them with the tools they need to become successful adults.
AccessAbility (Serving Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Orangeburg, & Williamsburg counties)
Walton Options for Independent Living (Serving Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, & Jasper counties)

Parent and Family Organizations

Family Connection South Carolina
Family Connection is a statewide nonprofit organization with the mission to strengthen and encourage families of children with special healthcare needs through parent support.

Federation of Families of South Carolina
A nonprofit organization established to serve the families of children with any degree of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. The services and programs offered by the Federation are designed to meet the individual and varying needs of families around the state. Through support networks, educational materials, publications, conferences/workshops and other activities, the Federation provides many avenues of support for families of children with emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.

Federation of Families of South Carolina, Youth Services

Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina is a private, non-profit organization that provides information and training about education to families of children with all types of disabilities. The agency believes that parents can be the best advocates for their children. Advisors at PRO-Parents help parents to become aware of their rights and responsibilities through telephone counseling, workshops and written material.

SC Autism Society
The mission of SCAS is to enable every individual with autism spectrum disorders in South Carolina to reach their maximum potential. SCAS provides support, advocacy, information and referral, and other services to South Carolinians with Autism.

State Agencies

SC Commission for the Blind
SCCB's mission is to provide quality individualized vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services and prevention-of-blindness services to blind and visually impaired consumers leading to competitive employment and social and economic independence.

SCCB's Youth Services provides services specifically for youth who are transitioning from school to work.

SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
The state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe intellectual disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. Their mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals.

University of South Carolina, Center for Disability Resources, Supported Employment Program
This program was developed to be implemented as a universal system of service delivery throughout the state of South Carolina for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. The primary mission of the program is to work toward the understanding, respect and support in securing appropriate employment for all customers.

South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Consumer Employment Program
The mission of SCDMH is to assist people in their recovery of mental illnesses. Partnerships with the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) and Work-in-Progress, counselors and job coaches help people with emotional disabilities seek, obtain, and maintain competitive employment.

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD)
The mission of SCVRD is to prepare and assist eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.

SCVRD Youth Services provides services specifically for youth who are transitioning from school to work.

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that serves the communities of 18 counties in the lower areas of South Carolina. By offering job training, career coaching and other employment programs and services, Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential through the dignity and power of work.

Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands South Carolina
Goodwill Industries helps people become independent through education and training leading to employment. The Goodwill Job Connection is an employment resource center; job seekers can come for further assistance in helping them to gain employment.

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.
An independent, statewide, non-profit corporation that protects and advances the legal rights of people with disabilities.

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
A federally funded program concerned with getting technology into the hands of people with disabilities so that they might live, work, learn and be a more independent part of the community. As part of a national network of technology-related assistance programs, their goal is to enhance independence, productivity and quality of life for all South Carolinians through access to assistive technology devices and services.



American Job Center

ATTENTION Claimants: Don’t lose your benefits
The S.C. Legislature has changed the requirement for UI Benefits eligibility. Claimants now must make at least two (2) weekly job search contacts through SC Works Online Services at You must register with the site and sign on with your username and password for the search to be counted in our system.

If you do not conduct two searches through the SC Works Online System you will not receive payment for the week.

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